Education Briefs 8/11

Published 12:00 am Thursday, August 11, 2016

Rowan County Crosby Scholars directors approve annual scholarship honoring Paul Fisher

In its meeting held on Aug. 3, the board of directors of the Rowan County Crosby Scholars Community Partnership unanimously agreed to annually fund the $1,000 scholarship in honor of Paul Fisher, chairman emeritus of F&M Bank, to a deserving Crosby Scholar senior.

Crosby Scholars, a local college access program, graduated 175 Rowan-Salisbury seniors in June 2016 and will be sending these students off to 40 different colleges this fall. In addition to receiving one-to-one college advising, through the generosity of community partners, Crosby Scholars was able to award $13,000 in scholarships to the class of 2016.

One of those scholarships was created as a special award to honor Paul Fisher. Fisher was instrumental in F&M Bank’s provision of housing for the Crosby Scholars program. His passion for education and his deep belief that education beyond high school is the great equalizer for all, led the board to their decision to continue this scholarship that was originally funded as a one-time award by F&M Bank and the Rowan County Chamber of Commerce.

The Crosby Scholars program will open enrollment for the 2016-17 school year on Aug. 15. All sixth through tenth grade Rowan-Salisbury students are eligible to apply for this free program.

Back to school giveaway

Gethsemane Baptist Church, 719 S. Caldwell St., will have its annual Back to School Giveaway from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. The backpacks will be filled with school supplies and other items including new underwear, shoes and socks. Organizers expect to give away over 300 backpacks. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. The Rev. C.L. Phelps is pastor.

Back to school giveaway

H & R Block and Above and Not Beneath will host a back to school giveaway on Saturday at 1326 N. Main St. from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Students in kindergarten through eighth grade are eligible to receive a free backpack with supplies. The event will also feature free food, praise dancing, a dance contest, bounce houses, door prizes and a blood pressure health station. Parents must be present in order for their child to participate. Call 704-762-9364 for more information.

Fleming Head Start to participate in the ‘Appleseed Project’
Flemming Head Start in Rowan County, a Five Star Center, became the second recipient of the Appleseed Project on July 13. Earlier this summer, Rowan County’s Wiley Lash Head Start received tablet readers on May 26. Progress with Appleseed is moving forward and fast with exceptional progress with children. The tablet readers were designed to strengthen and increase literacy skills from birth to 4 years of age. The ultimate objective is to impact the success rate of third grade literacy in Rowan County. Greg Alcorn, Founder of Appleseed, desired to start early in child development by developing what is named “Appleseed Project.” All programs installed are literacy focused, with Wi-Fi connections limited to only preinstalled programs. This works out well for children because it keeps them focused on literacy.
Head Start/Early Head Start is a national program that promotes school readiness by enhancing the social and cognitive development of children through educational, health, nutritional, social and other services to enrolled children and families. Head Start/Early Head Start program serves eligible families in Rowan, Davidson, Stanly, Montgomery and Moore counties.